'I felt guilty, I felt shocked and I felt worried' – Claire Byrne
— Claire Byrne Live (@ClaireByrneLive) March 23, 2020
RTÉ broadcaster Claire Byrne has told colleagues that she tested positive for Covid-19.
In an email to staff, she wrote: “As some of you may know, I tested positive for Covid-19.
“I made the decision that I wanted you all to know this at the earliest opportunity. The HSE contact tracing system worked with me over the weekend.”
Ms Byrne said that she was now well, and through the peak of the condition, and wanted to thank everyone who had expressed support, in particular those in RTÉ who spent the weekend dealing with issues that arose as a result of her diagnosis.
She said she was getting better and was working with Medmark and her own GP who will assess when it is safe to return to work.
Last week: Shedding The Virus
Tonight’s programme will be co-presented by Sarah McInerney in studio, and Claire Byrne via live video link
Singer and mental health champion Bressie will speak about the pressure the crisis is putting on our mental health and suggest ways we can be kind to ourselves and compassionate to each other.
Fair City actor Jim Bartley, best known for his role as Bella Doyle, will discuss how he is adjusting to life in isolation.
Dr Maitiu O’Tuathail (GP) and Professor Sam McConkey will guide viewers through the testing process for Covid-19.
Presenter and entrepreneur Kathryn Thomas will talk about the pressure of Covid-10 on business and the heartache of having to lay off staff from her business, Pure Results Bootcamp.
And as Dancing with the Stars finalist Grainne Gallanagh puts back on her nurses uniform to join the front-line in the fight against the Coronavirus, she will speak about about returning to the health service.
Claire Byrne Live tonight at 10.35pm on RTÉ One.